Stars Shine at 45th Annual CMA Awards

Check out highlights and red carpet looks from the 2011 CMA Awards telecast, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

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Stars gathered from all around to celebrate Country music's biggest night, complete with unexpected appearances, heart-stopping performances, and crossover appeal. Click to see more heel-kicking photos of the night.
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Jason Aldean performed "Tattoos On This Town" at the 45th Annual CMA Awards, which were appropriately held in Nashville.
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Lionel Richie performed "Deep River Woman" with the band Little Big Town. His performance was much buzzed about. Kenny Chesney told the singer that he once used Richie's songs on a mixtapes he made for a high school crush.
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Neil, Kimberly, and Reid Perry of The Band Perry had a big night, wowing audiences with their chilling song, "If I Die Young."
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The Band Perry also won awards for best single of the year and best new artist.
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Taylor Swift performed "Ours," looking cozy and at home in an appropriately pink sweater and a couch with an abundance of throw pillows.
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Giddy as always when accepting an award, Taylor Swift doubles over in disbelief while making her acceptance speech for Best Entertainer, second year in a row.
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The fog machines were working overtime for Sara Evans' performance of "A Little Bit Stronger."
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Jennifer Nettles from Sugarland performed "Run" with Matt Nathanson. The duo took its fifth straight vocal duo of the year award.
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Lionel Richie also performed with Darius Rucker.
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Lady Antebellum's members raised their hands in triumph. The trio won for best vocal group of the year for the third time running.
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The Zac Brown Band performed "Georgia On My Mind."
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Peek-a-boo! Laura Bell Bundy wore a very short, low-cut number with a purple skirt. But if we had legs like that, we'd wear dresses like that all the time.
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Taylor Swift arrived wearing a J. Mendel gown and Christian Louboutin shoes, with Lorraine Schwartz earrings.
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Happy couple Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban looked pleased as pop to be working the red carpet. Nicole's hair is loads better from last year's awards.
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Carrie Underwood dazzles in a gold Reem Acra dress. She co-hosted the show with Brad Paisley.
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Grace Potter, left, and Kenny Chesney arrive at the 45th Annual CMA Awards in Nashville on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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Tim McGraw and Faith Hill got cozy on the carpet.
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Glen Campbell and his wife, Kim, look ready for the show.
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Singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert look at home on the red carpet.
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Mignon Grabois, left, and Charley Woods arrive at the 45th Annual CMA Awards.
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The JaneDear Girls, Susie Brown, left, and Danelle Leverett were stylin'. It is quite possibly the CMAs have seen a tutu on the red carpet.
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Sandra Lee arrives at the 45th Annual CMA Awards.
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Deborah Allen matched the red carpet in this figure-flattering dress.
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Singer Clay Walker and guest arrive at the 45th Annual CMA Awards.
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Lynn Anderson chose to accessorize with two Marines.
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